On 28 October, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Moscow studio of the famous Russian artist Andrey Esionov, who presented to the 6th FIDE President his portrait showing him standing by a chessboard.
Andrey Kimovich Esionov is a painter and graphic artist, master of portrait and cityscape painting. He is an academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, member of the Russian Artistic Union of Painters and the Moscow Artists' Association of International Art Fund. Esionov works in the portrait genre as well as historical and philosophical painting, and he is a wonderful watercolorist. His paintings adorn famous museums.
Alexander Rozhin, art critic, academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, editor-in-chief of the Tretyakov Gallery magazine, commented on Andrei Esionov’s artwork:
“Andrey Esionov turns the captured objects of the real world into a work of art, which testifies to the high level of talent, professional skill and technical execution of his painting. He does not clone nature, but creates a new reality without using any optical devices, photo and film equipment but only by the means of the art itself. Figurative dramaturgy and poetics of the works of Andrey Esionov is the harmony of the real and the imaginary.”